Friends of Paxton

Gipsy Hill

Welcome to the Friends of Paxton School – Parents, Teachers and Friends (the 'Friends'). The Friends aim to raise funds for facilities and equipment that will enhance the education of pupils at Paxton Primary School.

By organising fund raising events and activities, we aim to engage parents, teachers and the local community in the school life of our children. All parents automatically become a member of The Friends when their child starts at the school. For a full description of our aims and ambitions for The Friends, please follow the link to our constitution (below).

The Friends hold regular meetings and, once a year at its Annual General Meeting, parents who would like to get involved in the administration of the Association are elected onto the Management Committee.

The Committee is responsible for organising events to raise funds. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact us by emailing

The Friends are members of PTA UK and is registered with the UK Charities Commission.

How The Friends raise funds

For the last few years, The Friends have organised a Christmas Fair in December. Local artists and traders take stalls to sell small items; Father Christmas drops in to give out gifts; delicious hot food is served; and there are many other activities. You can even buy a Christmas tree!

This summer, The Friends also organised a Summer Fete which raised over £1,000 from traditional games and a barbecue.

Throughout the year, The Friends organise Cake, Book and Second-Hand Uniform Sales. We also participate in the Bag2School scheme.

How The Friends use the funds it raises

Over the last few years, the parents' association has financed two large projects and a smaller initiative to improve the playground environment at Paxton Primary School.

These include:

  • Construction of two climbing walls
  • Establishment of School Allotment
  • Provision of funds for the Playground Mentor scheme

As well as these projects, The Friends have funded a bouncy castle at the Summer Fete, bought hi-viz vests for children to wear on school trips, supported a Walk to School scheme and the Year 6 Leavers' Party.

In the previous years, the parents' association has provided Listening Posts for each classroom, purchased laptops and helped to finance drama productions.

The Friends Managing Committee 2017/2018

  • Chair: Agi Varanyi
  • Co Chair: Suzanne Cook
  • Treasurer: Laura Pirie
  • Secretary: Natasha Page-Brown
  • Membership and Volunteers: Monica Gibbs
  • Communication Support: Alice Ockleshaw-Phillips
  • Strategic Support: Michelle Roffe
  • Kingswood Primary School Lower Site
  • Kingswood Primary School Upper Site
  • Elm Wood Primary School
  • Paxton Primary School
  • Crawford Primary School
  • Fernstanton Primary School
  • Glenbrook Primary School
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How To Find Us

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